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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 9:13 pm    Post subject: British Steel Tollcross Tube Works  Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

British Steel Tollcross Tube Works,
1300 Tollcross Road
Glasgow


This photo was taken in 1950


I worked here from August 1975 till July 1979. Starting of in the Planning Department as a Junior Operative. My main job for the first couple of years was to operate the photocopier. Later I moved to work for the Personnel Officer and it was during my time working it the Personnel Department that I was able to gather together some details about the workers and the place they worked.

Recently I found a couple of things stored way for many years. The following is a description of the Works which I compiled in about 1977/8.
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British Steel
Tollcross Tube Works
Lay Out Description
1978
Part Piece Store & ‘A’ Bay
Two Clocks
The first entrance to the PED buildings is through the Part Piece Store. In the Part Piece Store there is on Inspector, one Fork Lift Driver, two Labourers, one Part Piece Chaser and one Charge-Hand.
There is an office within the Part Piece Cage. Material Control this is run by Mr J Burke who has one Assistant J Lavery and a Progress Clerk, G Jones. Also based in this office is the Foreman in charge of the Outside Squad, K Meston, which consists of two mobile Crane Drivers and four Labourers.
Outside the Part Piece Store is a hut on the right as you look down the Shop. This is occupied by one Time Clerk, R Stewart.
Halfway down the Shop there is a white painted line, after this white line the rest of ‘A’ Bay occupied by NULUK the painting contractor.

‘B’ Bay
Foreman’s Office, Fitting. Welding, Despatches & X-Ray Compounds
There is an entrance to ‘B’ Bay at the front next to this entrance is the Furnace entrance/exit on the right looking down. On the left is an office, upstairs is the Foreman’s Office. Occupied by two Foremen, Mr J McLauchlin, Welding in ‘B’ Bay and Mr A Rough, Fitting in ‘B’ Bay.  Down stairs is occupied by two Progress Clerks, Mr G Kirkwood and T Stewart. Next to these offices are 5 Turning Machines, 2 on the left and 1 on the right.  
There is a Power Station on the right hand side beside the Turning Machine. Also on the right is the Fitting area. In this area there is approximately 5 Fitters, 2 Clean & Dressers, 2 Slingers and 5 Labourers. There is one crane which operates between the Fitting and the Turning Machines.
On the opposite side from the Fitting is one of the Welding area then there’s a Radiography Compound.
After the Compound on both sides of the bay is the second part of the Welding area, then just up from that is the Clean & Dress. In the Welding area there is approximately 11 Welders, 2 Clean/Dress, 2 Slingers and 4 Labourers. There is one crane operates in the Welding area.
After the Clean/Dress there is the Inspection Tables. Here there is usually 2 Inspectors.
After the Inspection Table is the Despatch, this leads to the top end of ‘B’ Bay. The man in-charge of the Despatch is Mr D Cox, under him his T. Jack, the Despatch Clerk, 4 Packers, 1 Spray Painter, 1 Fork Lift Driver, 1 Slinger and a Charge-hand. There is one crane operates in the Despatch.

‘C’ Bay
M&R, Machine Shop, Shot Blast, Inspection Office, X-Ray Compound, Tool & Grind and Inspection Tools
There is no entrance at the front straight into ‘C’ Bay. At the bottom of the bay there is a Wellman Furnace. There are 2 Operators, one for the dayshift and one for the nightshift.
On the left hand side as you go down ‘C’ Bay there is the M&R Department. In-charge of the Maintenance and Repair is D Conner. In this department there are 4 Electricians, 1 Charge-hand Electrician, 4 Fitters, 1 Charge-hand Fitter, 5 Labourers, 1 Greaser and 1 Burner Labourer.
The next cage on the left is Tool Grinding, with 1 Grinder.
The third cage is Inspection Tools with 1 Inspector.
On the opposite side of the bay is the Burning area with 1 Burner.
On the right, up from the Burning, is the Hydraulic Testing cage. The Foreman for Hydraulic Testing is T Jack. There are 2 Testers and 2 Toolsmen.
On the left hand side opposite the Testing is the Machines. This is the Machine Shop which stretches from the Testing to three quarters of the way up the bay.
There are first of all 4 Horizontal Boring Machines, 2 Kitchen & Wade machines, 2 Drills, 1 Milling Machine and 4 Turet Lathes. The Lathes are mostly on the right hand side.
In the Machine Shop there are 5 Borers, 3 Lathe Operators, 1 Driller, 3 Labourers and 2 Slingers. There are two cranes operate in the Machine Shop and Testing and M&R. The Foreman in the Machine Shop is J Robertson.
Next to the Machines at the top on the left hand side there is 1 Dresser.
After the Clean & Dress on the opposite side is the Shot Blasting. This area stretches to just before the Clean Air Shop in the next bay. There are 2 Shot Blasters. The Foreman for the Shot Blasting and the Clean & Dress is J Hay.
On the left hand side there is Inspection Tables and an Inspection Office. There are 4 Inspectors work in this area, 1 Defect Tester and 2 Labourers. The Foreman for this area is J McIntosh.
On the same side after the Inspection Hut is a Radiography Compound. At the back of the compound there is an exit.

‘D’ Bay
Welding, Testing, Fitting, Hut, Fitting Nuclear, Nuclear Hut, Clean Air, X-Ray and Clock
There is one entrance from the front into ‘D’ Bay. This is the Works Office entrance, at the right hand side of this door is a Radiography Compound. As you go up the shop there is the Clean & Dress on the left and the Welding on the right. After the Clean & Dress on the left there is also Welding.
The Foreman in-charge of this area is G Hunt. He is in charge of 7 Welders, 2 Clean/Dress, 1 Slinger and 4 Labourers. There is on crane operates between the Welding area and Fitting.
After the Welding area on the left there is the Foreman’s Hut. In this hut there are, Time Clerks, T Brown, T Mallon & D Hamilton, in charge of these Clerks is A Beatie, 2 Progress Clerks, J Hutton and T Thomson, the Services Supervisor, Mr W Gamble, Production Supervisor, Mr T Nisbet and 5 Foremen, J Hay, G Hunt, T Jack, J Robertson and R Wallace.
On the right hand side there is a Cutting Machine.
After the Foreman’s Hut and the Cutting Machine is the Fitting, the Foreman of this area is T Jack. In the Fitting in ‘D’ Bay there are 4 Fitters, 1 Slinger and 2 Labourers.
On the left hand side there is the Nuclear Fitting & Inspection. In this area there are 4 Fitters and 1 Slinger , 2 Labourers and 1 Inspector. The Foreman for this area is W Munro, who is also in-charge of 2 Inspectors and 4 Labourers working in the Clean Air Shop, at the top of ‘D’ Bay.
There is a Foreman’s Hut just before the Clean Air Shop, on the right hand side this is the base for 2 Foremen W Adams & W Munro and also a Weld Inspector T Timms, there is also a Time Clerk in this hut, J Stokes.
At the back of ‘D’ Bay is the Clean Air Shop. At work in the Clean Air Shop are 2 Inspectors and 4 Labourers.

‘E’ Bay
Burning, Hot Bend, Cold Bend, Bend Check, Blacksmiths, Nuclear Welding, Radiography
As you come into the bay the first department is the Radiography. This is run by Mr J Peacock with Assistant G McBride.
Next to the Radiography Office is the Bend Check Department. Here all Hot and Cold Bends are checked. This Department is under the care of Mr J Hay, Foreman. Working here are 1 Checker and 1 Labourer. Also under the care of Jim Hay is the Cold Bend Machine at the moment operated by 2 men.
As you go up the shop on your left is the Hot Bending, in the Hot Bending Department there are six furnaces, two bending tables and a stemming plant. The Stemming Plant is on the right as you come down the shop. There is a squad of 5 in the Hot Bending Department, under Foreman J Hay, there is one crane works between these departments (Bend Check, Hot & Cold Bend)
The Foreman of the next two Departments is Jim Hay, these are first; next to the Bending is the Burning & Cutting, as you pass the Personnel Office there is a Hankomatic Burning Machine and further up the shop is a cutting machine. In this Department there is 1 Burner, 1 Cutter, 1 Labourer and 1 Slinger. Second; is the Blacksmith’, as you go toward the top of the shop there is all the Blacksmith’s equipment and then the furnace all these are on the left, in the Blacksmiths there is one crane operates between the Burning/Cutting and the Blacksmith’s.
As you go on there is the Welding Section of the Nuclear Department. Here there is about 7 Welders 2 Clean/Dressers and 1 Labourer. There are two cranes work in this section. The Foreman at present in charge of Welding in the Nuclear Department is W Adams.

Welding School
The Welding School is on the outside of ‘E’ Bay, it is the second door as you go up the road toward the Foundry.
The school is used mainly for the training of Apprentices and for Testing Welders applying for a job with the company. The head of the school is W Blair.

Old Mill
This building is under demolition. This work is being carried out by an outside contractor.

Works Office
The Works Office ia at the front of ‘D’Bay outside the main building. In the Works Office there are two main departments, Planning and Production Control.
The Planning Department is at the bottom of the building at the front door. The Head of this department is T Currie, who is in charge of 2 Planners, R Marshall and W Morrison.
Upstairs is the Production Control with W Snedden in charge of 1 Office Junior R Loughran.
Next door to the Production Controllers is the Production Manager, Mr J West and in the office nearest the stairs is the Quality Controller, Mr R Gordon.

Work Study
The Work Study is a small building on its own on the outside of the Works at the front of the building next door to the Works Office building.
The Head of the Works Study is Mr S Glass, who is in charge of all studies by his 2 assistants, G Munce and A McKenzie.

General Stores
The Stores is on the outside of ‘A’ Bay just before the line of the NULUK painting contractors. The main entrance to the Stores is in ‘A’ Bay although the building is actually outside.
The Staff Man in the Stores is T Boyle, who has 2 assistants, D Buchanan and T Reid.

Chain Store
The Chain Store is across the NULUK line in ‘A’ Bay beside the old M&R Shop. The Chain Store building is also on the outside with an entrance in ‘A’ Bay.
C Moffat is in charge of all chains and is also the Fireman, the Overall Man and the Shoe Man.

Brick Store
The Brick Store is just off the road on the outside of ‘E’ Bay next to the toilet. This Store is disused now.

Joiner Shop
The Joiners Shop is at the top end of the Works away from the Works Building, at the top side of ‘A’Bay.
There are two buildings, the Work Shop and the Store. The first building is the Work Shop and the second building is the Store. There is 1 Joiner and one Joiner’s Mate. The Joiner is J Gilchrist and his Mate is J Moffat, their Foreman is D Conner.

Personnel Office
The Personnel Department office is on the outside of ‘E’Bay, across the road from the Training Centre.
The Personnel Officer is Mr F Richards, he is also the Safety Officer and Welfare Officer for the Works, Mr Richars has 1 Office Junior, S Glass.
There are two doors leading into the Personnel Office, the first is in the inside of ‘E’Bay, the second on the outside of the office entering from the roadway.

Latrines
The first toilet is used by workers in the east side (‘A’ and ‘B’ Bay) of the plant and the second toilet is used by workers on the west (‘C’, ‘D’ & ‘E’ Bay) of the plant. There are other toilets in different parts of the Works but these are the main two.

Cycle Shed
The Cycle Shed is not used very much. It is usually used by one bicycle and one motor bike.

Pump House
The Pump House is on the outside of ‘E’ Bay next to the roadway.
In the Pump House there are two pumps. The starter and transformer for No.1 is in the right hand corner as you go in the door and the starter and transformer for No.2 is at the far away wall just across from No.2 pump, next to No.1 is the oxygen valves. At the top end of the House there is the accumulator, behind that is the compressor and receiver for the accumulator. There is a spare compressor and receiver at the wall on the left as you enter in from the road.
There are two entrances the first from the road and the second from ‘E’ Bay. (The next door is the Welding School)
There is 1 Pump House Attendant, G McGaughlin, his Foreman is the Plant Engineer, D Conner.

Car Parks
The first Car Park as you come in the gate is mostly used by the Main Office Staff. This is positioned in front of ‘B’ Bay.
The second Car Park is used by the Works Office Staff and Works Study, This is positioned in front of and surrounding the Works Office.
The third Car Park is used by the Personnel in the Works and is positioned just alongside the Canteen which is on the opposite side of the road from the Works. (To the north side of ‘E’ Bay)
The fourth Car Park is used by Personnel from the Training School and is positioned half-way up the road on the same side as the third Car Park, opposite the Personnel Office.

Clocks
There are five clocks in the Works, two in ‘A’ Bay, at the door next to the Part Piece Store, the first clock is from Check Nos. 951-1000 and the second from Check Nos. 1001-1100.
There is one clock in ‘B’ Bay in front of the Foreman’s Office at the bottom, this is from Check Nos. 751-850.
Another in ‘C’ Bay is outside the M&R Department and this one is from Check Nos. 601-750.
The last one inside the Works is on the Radiography wall on ‘E’ Bay side and is from Check Nos. 851-950.

Documentation Office
The Documentation Office is on the outside of ‘E’ Bay, but can be entered into from ‘E’ Bay, it is at the Nuclear end of ‘E’ Bay.
There are four different departments in this office. First is Documentation, J McNeil. Second is Inspection, J McIntosh and Assistant J McGow. Third is Welding Engineer, J Wilson and Trainee, W McCartney. Last is Ultra Sonic, J Cruley.

CEGB Hut
This hut is on the roadway leading in to ‘E’ Bay opposite the Documentation Office
The CEGB Inspector is J Rae.

Thanks
Thanks to the following for their assistance in compiling this note. C McGaughlan, Pump House, M McLaughlan, Weld ‘D’ Bay, W Tolland, J Fox, A McKirdy, J Coletta, J Miller, Machine Shop, A Beattie, Time Clerk, J Kerr, Clean Air Shop. Compiled in 1978 by S Glass.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

The description shows many differences from the 1950 photo on the first post.

The large building on the left was demolished before I went to work there in 1975. The first bay is A Bay on the left and from left to right finishing with E Bay on the right.

Another key feature  is that the Training Building was not there in 1950. It was about half way up the road opposite E Bay. There were not many cars in 1950 so you can't see any Car Parks.
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This is the building which is on Tollcross Road. It was the Main Office which was seperate from the Works.

This was my desk in the Personnel Office.



These next photos were taken more recently. The old building is the only part of BSC Tollcross Tube Works left.






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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Cracking set and background Alex - I love how in depth the information is!
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More to come once I get something scanned and I also listed all the names and where they worked so will get that typed up to.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Great stuff Alex, I also joined British Steel Tubes Division in 1975, I worked at Clydesdale Works but as a Technical Apprentice I was on the books at Tollcross.  I visited the works on three occasions, in 1977 on a one week "communication course" at the traing centre, in 1980 when I was there for a summer placement from University, attending the welding school and gaining experience of all the NDT processes for inspecting tubes and welds. The last visit was in 1982, after the works had closed to supervise some repair work to the water supply to the offices.
I dont recognise most of the names you mention, only one stands out, that is Mr G, Kirkwood, who unless I am mistaken later became the Mill Manager at Number 2RF, Clydesdale.
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Alycidon wrote:
Great stuff Alex, I also joined British Steel Tubes Division in 1975, I worked at Clydesdale Works but as a Technical Apprentice I was on the books at Tollcross.  I visited the works on three occasions, in 1977 on a one week "communication course" at the traing centre, in 1980 when I was there for a summer placement from University, attending the welding school and gaining experience of all the NDT processes for inspecting tubes and welds. The last visit was in 1982, after the works had closed to supervise some repair work to the water supply to the offices.
I dont recognise most of the names you mention, only one stands out, that is Mr G, Kirkwood, who unless I am mistaken later became the Mill Manager at Number 2RF, Clydesdale.


Wow can't believe our paths may have crossed.  

Did you ever get the chance to walk around the Works? I think you G Kirkwood did move to Clydesdale.

Wish I had taken some more photos whilst I was working there.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Alex
Great description, you mention a power station in B bay, do you have any more details? Did they actually generate electricity here? Thanks

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